Virtual Machines can be configured so VMware Tools are automatically upgraded.


Automatic VMware Tools upgrade is not supported for virtual machines with Solaris or Netware guest operating systems.

The following are required for automatic upgrades:

Virtual machines must have a version of VMware Tools shipped with ESX Server 3.0.1 or greater installed.

Virtual machines must be hosted on an ESX Server 3.0.1 or greater, and the vCenter Server must be version 2.0.1 or greater.

Virtual machines must be running a Linux or Windows guest OS that is supported by ESX Server 3.0.1 or greater and vCenter Server 2.0.1 or greater.

Virtual machines must be powered on.


Open the Virtual Machine Properties dialog box for the virtual machine you want to upgrade.


Select Options tab > VMware Tools.


Select the Check and upgrade Tools before each power-on option under Automatic VMware Tools Upgrade.


Click OK.

The next time the virtual machine is powered on, it checks the ESX/ESXi host for a newer version of VMware Tools. If one is available, it is installed and the guest operating system is restarted (if required).